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Do's &
Don'ts

 

  • Foreign Nationals should obtain the required permit from the immigration authorities soon on landing at Port Blair.
  • Do not enter into restricted/tribal areas. Taking video, film or photographs of any indigenous tribes on these islands is a crime and is punishable by law.
  • Visit only the permitted areas in the Islands. Do not enter the National parks without permission.
  • Do not remove or take any corals, sea stars or seashells unless specific permits are obtained from the Fisheries department.
  • Do not collect dead coral or touch/break live coral.
  • Shells (even those you see lying on the beach) are the homes of crabs. Crabs outgrow their shells often and change to new larger shells as needed. Taking a shell from the sea or from the beach deprives a crab of a possible home. Even those that you feel are too large, too small or broken are used by these lovely creatures to live. Do not collect, remove or take any shells from sea or from the beach.
  • Do not stand on the coral reef or cause damage to the reefs while snorkeling/scuba diving. Stay streamlined and watch where you put your hand and feet.
  • While driving, follow the traffic rules and keep left. Carry legal documents like driving license, permit, passport etc. Wear a helmet at all times when riding a motorbike.
  • Consult life guards before entering the sea and pay heed to any warnings that may be posted. Swim in safe areas only.
  • Do not swim in unsafe waters during monsoon. Do not swim after consuming liquor.
  • Do not stay on the beaches or the forest areas during nights by putting up own tents/hammocks.
  • Do not take video or film without permit, wherever such permits are required.
  • Do not light bonfires in the forest or beach areas.
  • Keep the beaches and environment clean. Avoid plastic as far as possible.
  • Do not throw garbage and plastics in public places, beaches and into the sea. Dispose off the garbage and plastics at proper places/dustbins.
  • Do not collect, destroy or remove any living or dead animal/plant. Do not hunt birds/animals.
  • Observe decency and decorum in dress. Nudity on beaches and in public places is not appropriate in India. Keep in mind the sentiments of the locals and their traditions.
  • For scuba diving, avail the service of scuba diving institutions having affiliation to internationally recognised organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC or SSI. This is highly recommended for your safety.
  • Do not venture into diving with unqualified/unregistered dive operator for the same may be dangerous.